The 16 Products Every Diehard MAC Junkie Should Own
I can still vividly remember my first MAC memory. On my 16th birthday, my mother and I drove two hours to a mall — the one mall with a MAC counter. It was my first time getting my makeup done by a professional, and that day I got my first fully stocked makeup kit. It was such a rite of passage, and MAC was at the center of it all. All the matriarchs in my family are devoted to the brand because MAC has a huge range of products that fit every skin tone and type.
I have come a long way since my first Studio Fix compact. Now, I can count at least seven MAC products in my kit — most of them are lipsticks. Those black tubes are lined up on my vanity, making it easy to select my color each day. Since I've become a beauty editor, MAC is the makeup brand my girlfriends request most often. There have even been a few fights I had to referee. Ahead, you'll find a list of some bestselling products from the brand, and it's no surprise that most of them make my list of personal favorites, too. At the risk of having a total Mean Girls moment, you can't sit with us if you don't have these MAC makeup essentials in your kit.
MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
MAC didn't invent red lipstick, but the brand definitely cornered the market on the iconic shade with its MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo ($19). This classic crimson is the number-one bestseller right now. But if you're a hardcore fan, you'll also have Russian Red and Relentlessly Red in your lipstick library.
Prep + Prime Fix+ Finishing Mist
Want to look dewy and glowing like Jennifer Lopez on the red carpet? Put down the highlighter and pick up thisPrep + Prime Fix+ Finishing Mist ($36). This setting spray gets rid of a cakey foundation without making your mascara run. You can also spritz it on your base brush before putting on product for a more natural-looking finish.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighting Powder
Everyone is all about strobing these days (aka highlighting), and the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighting Powder ($36) is one of my favorites. I like to use a fan brush to apply this shimmering powder to my cheekbones, nose, upper lip, and chin.
MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva
If I'm not buying a new red lipstick from MAC, then I'm looking for something moody. The brand has an extensive list of dark plum and brown shades for when I'm feeling '90s grunge. The MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva ($19) made the bestseller list. I also love Cyber (a blackberry hue) and Film Noir (mahogany).
MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara
While MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara gets a lot of play on the beauty blogs, the MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara ($24) is actually the bigger seller. The dense wand allows each lash to be lengthened and volumized. The wand is HUGE and the tines are close together, which means that every lash gets coated with inky-black color.
MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous
While the red is my go-to all year-round, I like to mix it up in the Summer with a bright-pink shade. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous ($19) made the MAC bestseller list because it is superbright and lasts a long time. The fuchsia matte color has purple and blue undertones that make it a beautiful shade on all skin tones.
MAC Eye Brows Styler in Spiked
Bold brows have peaked in popularity with the #EyebrowsOnFleek trend. In addition to your brow gel and concealer, you need a good color product to fill in your arches. The MAC Eye Brows Styler in Spiked ($19) in particular is perfect because you can draw in hairlike strokes. A rich-brown shade called Spiked is the most popular color, but if you're a redhead or blonde, there are warmer and lighter options, too.
MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline Gel Eye Liner in Backtrack
A gel eyeliner is the most versatile tool in your makeup kit. You can use it to define eyes and brows or use it as shadow in a real pinch. MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline Gel Eye Liner in Backtrack ($19) is an essential for any MAC-lover because it goes a step beyond waterproof. It lasts all day — promise! The color isn't extreme black. It dries down to more of a gray, which works for an everyday eyeliner.
MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance with Hydration in Radiant Yellow
To give my skin a dewy finish, I like to start with a primer that has a highlighter finish. MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance with Hydration in Radiant Yellow ($42) makes any foundation an illuminating formula (think pregnancy glow). The radiant yellow is the most sold hue, which is ideal for darker skin tones, and it also comes in pink for fairer complexions.
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
The one complaint I often hear about MAC matte lipsticks: "They are so drying." I simply respond by handing over my MAC Prep + Prime Lip ($19) (not for long, just as a loaner). This product glides on like a lip balm and fills in those vertical crevices. It also gives my Ruby Woo a few more hours of life without making my lips dry.
MAC Studio Fix Matte Powder Foundation
One of the reasons MAC remains popular is because the brand has an extensive range of foundations that represents many different skin tones. MAC Studio Fix Matte Powder Foundation ($31) is an example. It comes in about 40 different shades (NC35 and NC40 are the most sold hues)! This compact also gives the most opaque coverage when you layer on a few coats without leaving your skin too cakey.
MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
I'm blaming Kylie Jenner for the rise of MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy ($19) on the bestseller list. The hue is very similar to her favorite MAC shades, Brave and Whirl. The color is the perfect blend of pink and beige, which is a hard balance to strike.
MAC Mineralize Timecheck Lotion | Cosmetics
MAC Mineralize Timecheck Lotion | Cosmetics ($45) practically makes you age backwards. It's a moisturizer made to blur lines and wrinkles and it even works well as a primer.
The big draw when it comes to MAC is the collaborations. No brand has worked with as many fashion designers, movies, and celebrities — none. The yearly Viva Glam lipstick is just the beginning. Each year the brand puts out at least 10 new themed collections that are all limited edition. If you don't have one of their gorgeous palettes still entombed in plastic — because it's way too pretty to use — then you're not a true addict.